Dec 19, 2012 9:00am PST
the heartbreaking tragedy in newtown, connecticut. three days since we gathered as a nation to pray for the victims. today a few more of the 20 small children and the six educators will be laid to rest. we may never know all the reasons this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since then, more americans ever died of gun violence. we know that such violence has terrible consequences for our society. if there's even one of thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try and. over these past five days, the discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do not only to deter mass shootings in the future but to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every day. and it is encouraging that people of all different backgrounds and beliefs and political persuasions have been willing to challenge old assumptions and to change longstanding positions. that conversation pastor continued. but this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs the deeply held passions and political divides. as i said s
Dec 19, 2012 9:30am PST
that our memories are not so short that what we saw in newtown is not lingering with us, that we don't remain passionate about it's only a month later. and as soon as we get those recommendations, i will be putting forward very specific proposals. i will be talking about them in my state of the union and we will be working with interested members of congress to try to get something done. and the idea that we would say this is terrible, this is a tragedy, never again, and we don't have the sustained attention span to be able to meet get this done over the next several months this not make sense. i have more confidence in the american people than that. i have more confidence in the parents, the mothers and fathers that i have been meeting over the last several days all across the country, from all political persuasions, including a lot of gun owners who say this time we've got to do things differently. >> what about the nra? >> the nra is an organization that has members who are mothers and fathers and i expect they have been impacted by this as well. hopefully, they will do some self
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am PST
. >>> the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, has broken the hearts of people around the country, around the world, and it's left many people wondering how to cope. >> tim james, a singer/songwriter decided to use this talent to express his emotion and hopefully to help those in pain. ♪ ain't no way to describe the news i heard today ♪ ♪ the bitter days of tragedy took my smile away ♪ >> he's written songs for major artists like toby adki adkins, even george strait. he posted this video on facebook saying i don't want a monetary gain from this. this isn't about getting my name out there. i'm just hoping that people pay this forward and it does ease the pain for those who were affected. ♪ there's bo a boy in colorado a girl in santa fe, they're holding hands to pray ♪ >> tell us more about this song. we have him from tennessee right this minute. describe the emotional process of you of writing these lyrics. >> this particular song, i felt like, just sort of came through me. i just picked up the guitar and started strumming the guitar and felt like god spoke to me and the words came out.